[GENERAL] The AKB48 Thread

Discussion in 'General AKB48 Discussion' started by Kyobu, Jun 16, 2007.

  1. Kuura

    Kuura Stage48 Admin Staff Member Stage48 Admin

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  2. bonjourmarlene

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    Not sure about 48G but Hinatazaka46's Takase Mana used to live in the UK, so she's fluent in English. All the 48G members that come to my mind have already graduated
     
  3. dutchie

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    kinda off topic, but most people mocking the Japanese for their poor English skills mostly have no idea how different Japanese is from English. not just grammar, but also the fact that in Japanese it's kinda rare for two different consonant to immediately follow each other in a work e.g. 'milk' or 'work'

    so pronouncing those words is just inheritly difficult for them (as you can see often in how loanwords got changed)

    I count my self extremely lucky that my language for the most part has a superset of the sounds in Japanese (except the l/r sound) and that Japanese is not a tonal language because the vocabulary is confusion enough as it is
    (I must add, a lot of people mocking the Japanese tend not to speak any other language apart from English themselves, and frankly, those people should just shut up :) )
     
  4. David61

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    One other 46G member who is said to be fluent in English (she was born in LA) is Kitagawa Yuri, my Nogizaka46 4th Gen oshimen who was an unsuccessful AKB48 D3 candidate. The only video I can find of her in which she speaks any English is in one of her AKB 3rd Draft Kaigi presentation videos (at 0:20):



    As it so happens I have tickets for an online talk with her next Sunday. Problem is though that since last month the staff at 46G online events have been mostly only accepting JP residence cards as ID but a few foreigners have managed to succeed with passports. So I'm keeping my fingers crossed and hopefully I can confirm that she's a fluent English speaker.
     
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  5. innosu

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    So AKB48 is going to do... something on Valentine: https://ameblo.jp/akihabara48/entry-12654987558.html

    "AKB48 Which One Do You Want To Eat? Handmade Valentine Battle" on 17Live
    Date: Feb 12-14
    Schedule:
    1. Feb 12, 18:00-19:00
      Host: Asai Nanami, Taguchi Manaka
      Commentator: Fukuoka Seina
      Team 1: Oguri Yui, Yoshikawa Nanase
      Team 2: Kubo Satone, Omori Maho
    2. Feb 13, 12:00-13:00
      Host: Asai Nanami, Nakanishi Chiyori
      Commentator: Shimizu Maria
      Team 1: Murayama Yuiri, Yamane Suzuha
      Team 2: Nishikawa Rei, Chiba Erii
    3. Feb 13, 15:00-16:00
      Host: Asai Nanami, Tada Kyoka
      Commentator: Shimizu Maria
      Team 1: Nagatomo Ayami, Nagano Megumi
      Team 2: Komiyama Haruka, Fukuoka Seina
    4. Feb 13, 18:00-19:00
      Host: Asai Nanami, Gyoten Yurina
      Commentator: Shimizu Maria
      Team 1: Okabe Rin, Shinozaki Ayana
      Team 2: Muto Tomu, Iwatate Saho
    5. Feb 14, 12:00-13:00
      Host: Asai Nanami, Taguchi Manaka
      Commentator: Shimizu Maria
      Team 1: Okada Nana, Mukaichi Mion
      Team 2: Otake Hitomi, Hashimoto Haruna
    6. Feb 14, 15:00-16:00
      Host: Asai Nanami, Taguchi Manaka
      Commentator: Shimizu Maria
      Team 1: Yokoyama Yui, Yokoyama Yui (A & 8)
      Team 2: Oya Shizuka, Ma Chalin
    7. Feb 14, 18:00-19:00
      Host: Asai Nanami, Taguchi Manaka
      Commentator: Shimizu Maria
      Team 1: Kuranoo Narumi, Sakaguchi Nagisa
      Team 2: Yamauchi Mizuki, Inagaki Kaori
    The winner will be decided by votes: 1 vote from viewer (via 17Live), 1 vote from the hosts, and 1 vote from commentator. The winner will get a video appearance on a quiz program on 17Live called 17Q.

    (I posted this in wrong thread previously)
     
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  6. dutchie

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    it's a cooking competition:

    https://www.akb48.co.jp/news/detailpage/46111873

     
  7. mochibuni

    mochibuni Kenkyuusei

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    I'm having cooking stadium flashbacks, sounds like it could be a lot of fun!
     
  8. zukkybean

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    ooh glad they're doing something for valentines, sounds fun :0 naamin + manaka as hosts is such a powerful duo
     
  9. LarcKen

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    AKB48 VS Earthquake
     
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  10. innosu

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    Wanted to add some information here. There were actually a lot of members who were live when the earthquake hit. However, 99% of the member stream on their phone. When Japan's Earthquake Early Warning hit the phone, the stream got interrupted.

    Hinana is known to stream from PC so the stream survive the early warning.
     
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  11. LarcKen

    LarcKen Kenkyuusei

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    Not really 99% though. Quite a few of them maybe about 10-20% streams on their iPad, and maybe another 20% or more streams on their secondary phone, either for wifi only device or with a secondary sim card. I'm guessing these wifi only iPads and secondary phones without sim cards won't get the early warning messages.
     
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  12. Mana

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    So it's been more than a year since the last AKB single, by now pretty much every 48 sister group in Japan, overseas, and every 46 group too, have released singles since the pandemic. There must be a reason why AKB doesn't, maybe it's the handshake events that they have to reschedule as online event but does it really take so long to do this? I wonder what's really happening? I wish management at least let the fans know about their plans, or announced something. They seem lost :/ I think it might be time to make real big changes in the group, I think something like removing the team system, something that will make the group look a little fresh again? and start new programs, shows, dramas. More promotions for the units etc.

    I don't know but they're not doing much and it's getting really sad, when I see AKB videos from early 2018, I can't believe it's been just 2-3 years and it's like a complete different world compared to now and I honestly think the current situation is almost all because management is not trying, they're not really doing anything? it's frustrating to just wait forever ._.
     
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  13. David61

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    The online HS events for 'Shitsuren, Arigato' have nearly finished, there's just 3 more dates left with the last one on 3/14. In any case, in the past new singles have been announced well before the HS events of the previous one have finished. My guess is that management is scared of ending the million streak and as long as only online events are possible it looks likely that million sales aren't possible. However how long can they wait? Are they prepared to wait until the Covid situation improves enough for 'real' HS events to resume? Or will they find another way to boost sales? Maybe online 1- and 2-shot events (i.e. guaranteed rather than a lottery win)? Perhaps sign-kais with photocards or chekis, or even handprints as SKE have done recently? Or will they revive SSK in some form and include voting tickets in the next single?
     
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    It's really sad if the reason is the million sales because every other group is fine to take the risk and release during pandemic knowing that their sales will go down. and even if AKB sales went down, it wouldn't be something that would hurt them this much considering every group that relies on handshake or fan-events have their sales decreasing during pandemic, so why are they scared of it. I have a feeling it might be because of a different reason/problem than this... But if the million sales is really the problem, then they can fix this easily, they need to bring back elections, it's the right time of the year for it too... it isn't that hard for them to boost the sales again... a lot of other groups try new things to keep their sales.

    I'm curious what is AKB's management doing and thinking for 1 full year now, and if the girls are aware of future plans. I'm actually a little surprised that there aren't more girls who are graduating during this period of time where the group does nothing much. Do they know about future plans so they decide to stay? or they stay because they're paid well and they don't want to leave the group if they're not sure to have normal studies/job outside of the group right now because of the pandemic? I don't know...
     
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    If mgmt. is relying on HS to keep the million sales going, then this group will cease to exist sooner than later.
     
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  16. sdn48oshi

    sdn48oshi Kenkyuusei

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    What? Management has literally been relying on HS to keep the million sales since like 2013? And they’ve still lasted pretty long.
     
  17. STS

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    My point: SGs managements don't want to be part of AKB's sales anymore. Because all SGs are dropping drastically! if they continue to be part of the AKB, their personal results will become even worse, which may question their existence and economic benefits. SG and especially NMB are not the parts of one company and everyone has their own personal interests. Without them, AKB are unlikely to be able to sell even 300k copies.:gavel:

    also after the scandal (NGT) do they even have management? from the outside it looked like complete destruction without restoration :glare:
     
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  18. Mana

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    Let's say AKB isn't confident about releasing a single alone without sister groups, they could have used this whole year to increase the popularity of AKB members? I'm confused why they can't produce online shows. They could make shows like AKBINGO! or AKB48 Show, but online, and with simple location and simple production so that it wouldn't cost a lot. They could do dramas. They can do anything to increase popularity of members but instead they didn't do much for a whole year... They only made Youtube channels for some members but to me that isn't very different content than Showrooms, just that the editing is better. I wish to see the girls do more performances that look like music shows, similar to the ones from AKB48 Show, and more acting with dramas, more variety, etc.

    Actually even simple videos like this are very fun to watch, or put them in better clothes and use a colorful background and it can look like any real TV idol variety show, it's a waste they didn't continue this and only released a few videos then gave up. For a short period of time they uploaded AKB Off-Shot cams and these type of videos where they play games and it had english subs, why did they stop? Not enough response maybe? I don't know but they could definitely do an online variety show like this and it would help the girls to get more popular.



    I really liked this and laughed a lot when I watched it. I even learn a bit some girls names/faces and personnalities, but then they stopped so fast.
     
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  19. bonjourmarlene

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    Based on other 48g and other jpop groups, most (female) idol groups have lost up to 41% of their sales since the first lockdown. Online handshakes just aren't as enticing as personal ones, and jpop groups aren't making it easy to let overseas fan join those handshake events either.

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    Nogizaka46 went from 1.1M sales for Shiawase no Hogosyoku to 658k for Boku wa Boku wo Suki ni Naru. -40.2%
    SKE48 went from 325k for So~Yu~Toko Aru Yo Ne? to 190k for Koi Ochi wo Flag (Jurina's grad single!). -41.5%
    NMB48 went from 261k for Hatsukoi Shijo Shugi to 214k for Datte Datte Datte. -18.0%
    HKT48 went from 304k for Ishi to 196k for 3-2. -35%
    NGT48 went from 175k for Sekai no Hito e to 132k for Sherbet Pink. -24.6% (Considering this also bridges the major scandal, this drop is surprisingly low.)
    STU48 went from 293k for Mubou na Yume wo Sameru Koto ga Nai to 204k for Omoidaseru Koi wo Shiyou. -30%
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    =LOVE went from 169k for CAMEO to 142k for Seishun "Subliminal". -15% (I need to add that the fans went all out to get it over 100k and it had another recent surge after the first member recently announced her graduation. First week sales were 99k, which would be a drop of -41.4%)
    Last Idol went from 87k for Seishun Train to 54k for Ai wo Shiru. -37%
    Morning Musume went from 127k for Kokoro & Karada to 112k for Junjou Evidence. -11%
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    I wanted to compare other 46 groups as well but I think Keyaki/Sakura isn't a fair comparison and Hinata and Yoshimoto haven't released singles since March 2020 either.

    Best case scenario, AKB is like MM and only loses 11%. Compared to Shitsuren, Arigatou, they'd sell just above 1M. This is extremely unlikely as 48G sale drops are higher.
    Worst case scenario, AKB is like SKE and loses ~40%. Compared to Shitsuren, Arigatou, they'd sell plus minus 700k.

    There's no way AKB48 is gonna make one million sales for the next single if they don't get to do physical handshakes. I have said this before though: I do want them to drop, so that they see they need to change other things, and I would love to see them rise from the ashes.
     
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  20. Aka

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    Check the sales of AKB's latest singles. No way in hell sister group members are worth 70% of the total of sales, not even close.
     

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